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2014 Long Beach: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Apr 14, 2014 - 01:26 PM
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2014 Long Beach: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Recap

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda
• Scored his second Verizon IndyCar Series podium finish with a third-place effort today (Indianapolis 2013)
• Started the Grand Prix of Long Beach from the 11th grid position


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"It was a really good race. I'm really happy with a third-place finish for the Cinsay/AndrettiTV team. It was a great finish in the last few laps. My crew did an awesome job on pit stops and have to thank everyone for giving me such a great car."

Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda
• Started the race eighth and was seen as high as the fourth position
• Took the twin checkers in the eighth position

"Definitely not as high as I would have liked but I'm not sure we had more, that's the unfortunate part. That's what I'm really bummed about. I think we need to definitely find some pace so I'm really disappointed. And then I misjudged and lost the front wing on one of the hair pin passes. So overall not the day we were looking for with the Snapple car, but we'll move ahead to Barber."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
• Started today's 80-lap race from the pole position
• Led over half the race distance before retiring early due to an on-track collision with the No. 67 car

"We had a strong car and (Josef) Newgarden came out of pit lane and I knew he was on cold tires. He was really struggling to get up to speed through Turn 1, and then through Turn 3 he had some wheel spin so I went for it. I started to back out because he was closing the door - I could have waited a little later, maybe that's my fault but at the same time I had at least a half a car up along sides of him so I went for it. If we had given each other a little bit of room we both maybe would have gotten through there. It's down to me to make the pass I guess, I'm not sure... a lot of people say that was my fault. I made the decision at that split second, when he had some wheel spin, to go for it knowing that I was on hot tires. That's the type of driver I am, I go for it. I feel bad for everybody involved. Obviously it was a bit of a bottle neck there, and it got others involved that didn't deserve to be involved and that's what I feel really bad about. But thank you to DHL and Honda; the 28 car was so strong today... just very, very disappointed. I'll look at it again, but a racing driver, when he's in the moment, and he sees a chance to go for it... I went for it because I want to win the race."

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
• Rolled off from the second position for today's standing start in Long Beach
• Recorded a 21st-place finish due to on-track contact after running in the top two a majority of the race

"It's a tough break, just because obviously we didn't have a great start, but we made some moves to get back up to P2 there. We were chasing Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and the Andretti Autosport cars were rocking it... and to be running up front in the United Fiber & Data (UFD) car, we were so happy. I guess at the end of the day, patience is a virtue and someone wasn't very virtuous today and it cost both of us, and this team, a lot. I feel bad for everyone involved. It just sucks to throw away such a strong race. But we'll bounce back and get the UFD car up front again."

On his hand injury...
"When I made contact, I was in full opposite (wheel) lock and the wheel just snapped around and sprained (my hand). Nothing is broken, so we'll be okay, I think, by Barber."

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